Too close for comfort: Living on the edge in Vietnam

Playing shouldn’t be a game of risk for kids, and going to school shouldn’t put children’s lives in danger. Yet, that was a daily reality for one community in Vietnam.

In the mountainous community of Hoang Su Phi, young children make their way to this kindergarten facility every day. The problem is, their outdoor play area rests on the edge of a cliff that’s way too close for comfort.

Parents and teachers agreed: this wasn’t a safe space for children to play in. Something needed to change before the situation got worse.

So, community members joined forces with Plan staff to build a safer playground for the youngsters in Hoang Su Phi. Together, they contributed labour and resources, and began construction on the new playground.

It didn’t take long to get the entire community involved! Men and women joined forces in the name of safety and play.

“All of the villagers were excited to lend a hand to the project,” explains Mrs. Tan, a local mother of three. “My husband was in charge of carrying materials and smoothing the surface.”

The new playground at the kindergarten will benefit 22 students, providing them with a risk-free place to play, and giving parent’s peace of mind when they send their children to school.

With a brand new spot to play, kids in Hoang Su Phi have lots to be happy about. They finally get to go outside and stay active every day. The power of play helps promote healthy child development, allowing these youngsters to expand their knowledge of the world around them.

You can help a community just like Hoang Su Phi!

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